An advanced health care directive is a document included as part of your estate plan that notifies your physicians and loved ones about your specific medical wishes should you becomes incapacitated. This document allows you to specify what actions should be taken for your health and medical treatment. It also allows you to choose agents who can help carry out your wishes.
For a health care directive to be valid, there are a few requirements that must be met. The individual must be at least 18 years old and have the requisite mental capacity. Furthermore, a notary public, or two qualified adult witnesses, must be present to sign and authenticate the document. Their signatures help confirm the competency of the individual to create a valid advanced health care directive.
You can amend or revoke your health care directive at any time. In order to do so, certain steps must be taken to ensure your new advanced health care directive will correctly replace any prior ones. Please contact the Law Offices of Cheri E. Michaelis for assistance in creating or amending your advanced health care directive. We can make certain that your advance health care directive is valid and adheres to the specific legal requirements under California law.